When “Christ’s Kingdom is just another demographic in the US electorate”

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Reformed theologian Michael Horton reflects on a lot of the same themes I wrote about in Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump.  Here is a taste of Horton’s Christianity Today piece, “What are Evangelicals Afraid of Losing?“:

And yet, swinging from triumphalism to seething despair, many pastors are conveying to the wider, watching public a faith in political power that stands in sharp opposition to everything we say we believe in. To many of our neighbors, the court chaplains appear more like jesters.

Something tremendous is at stake here: whether evangelical Christians place their faith more in Caesar and his kingdom than in Christ and his reign. On that one, we do have everything to lose—this November and every other election cycle. When we seek special political favors for the church, we communicate to the masses that Christ’s kingdom is just another demographic in the US electorate.

Let’s face it. Liberal and conservative, Catholic and Protestant, have courted political power and happily allowed themselves to be used by it. This always happens when the church confuses the kingdom of Christ with the kingdoms of this present age. Jesus came not to jump-start the theocracy in Israel, much less to be the founding father of any other nation. Even during his ministry, two disciples—James and John—wanted to call down judgment on a village that rejected their message, but “Jesus turned to them and rebuked them” (Luke 9:54–55). He is not a mascot for a voting bloc but the savior of the world. He came to forgive sins and bring everlasting life, to die and rise again so that through faith in him we too can share in his new creation.

Read the entire piece here.

2 thoughts on “When “Christ’s Kingdom is just another demographic in the US electorate”

  1. Whatever fears that consume them, the “conservative” Evangelicals disdain everything and everyone that does not support their myths and their desire to be free of the world and the intrusion of others. They disdain modernity in general. They disdain our democratic norms. They disdain the political and social plurality that the founders, framers and ratifiers gave us and that the rest of the citizens of the nation embrace. They disdain that others are recognized as worthy and of equal worth in a society that they feel is or should be theirs. They disdain that others can have ideas different from theirs. They disdain that others can have a voice different from theirs.

    They disdain anyone that recognizes these grave offenses to their worldview.

    They disdained and still disdain the not-radical-enough Evangelical Jimmy Carter for not giving them the exceptionalism that they crave and for recognizing the humanity and unworthiness of the others. They disdain the inability for them and theirs to control the world they hate.

    If fear is the father of disdain and hatred, as some people say, then maybe there’s another book lurking.

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